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Year 12 Modern History branches out

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The Year 12 Modern History students had the opportunity to try out campus life recently with a visit to the University of Queensland Humanities and Social Sciences Library.

As part of the Semester theme ‘Studies of Hope’, students are conducting an investigation into an aspect of the Apartheid era in South Africa. A variety of topics are possible, ranging from the achievements of world figures such as Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, the actions of key political figures such as Hendrik Verwoerd and PW Botha, seminal events such as the Sharpeville Massacre and nation building happenings such as the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Making use of the facilities of Queensland’s only ‘sandstone’ university, students have an outstanding opportunity to gain access to a significant amount of information to complete an essay response on their chosen topic. An added bonus to the day is the opportunity to experience life at university, which has been a motivating factor for students in previous years.

This activity has helped the students examine some pivotal moments of the past in order to develop crucial research and communication skills that they can use in the future.

Ian Burgess
Head of Humanities